Shedding Holiday Pounds

I come from an Italian family so I am used to resisting temptation. Italians only care that you eat. Weight gain and dieting is irrelevant when a fabulous meal has been placed on the table. It is by far the most important family activity. I have had some of my most interesting moments around the dinner table. My family, like most Italian families is oh … Continue reading Shedding Holiday Pounds

Celebrating Swedish History & Desserts

The Swedes are ground breakers when it comes to humanitarian posturing. They believe in gentility and peaceful resolutions on interpersonal as well as societal levels. Sweden has been successful as a monarchy since it’s inception and is still ruled today by a King and a parliamentary system. However, Sweden has had it’s share of war throughout the centuries. The country took control of the Baltic … Continue reading Celebrating Swedish History & Desserts

Tribute to Chocolate

I was recently asked why I had not written about chocolate since it is the reining champion of many of the world’s greatest desserts. I did not intend to be remiss on the subject, so this is my first official salute to chocolate, and it will probably not be the last. It’s Humble Beginnings Anthropologists claim that chocolate beverages were first created in 1900 BC … Continue reading Tribute to Chocolate

Famous Holiday Drinks

Oh how I love “It’s a Wonderful Life” with Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed and all of the other amazing albeit; old actors. If you think you are too young to sit through some ancient movie, think again and check it out. You will be happy you did. Although the angels at the very beginning of the movie look more like amoebas than heavenly beings, … Continue reading Famous Holiday Drinks

Desserts from Traditional England

One of my favorite holiday movies is the 1984 version of Charles Dickens “A Christmas Carol” with George C. Scott. The film shows Christmas Pudding made by Mrs. Cratchit and illustrates it’s importance to a successful holiday meal. The historic dessert like many desserts before, began as more of a main dish made with meat and contained plums as a sweetener. By the 17th century … Continue reading Desserts from Traditional England

The Caramel Apple Fiasco

We all went over to my friend’s house, she has the full baker’s kitchen, large and heavily equipped. We decided to make fun and easy recipes, caramel apples and meringue cookies. We got out the slow cooker and began heating the caramel for dipping apples and 15 minutes later measured out the egg whites for the cookies. The egg whites needed to sit for half … Continue reading The Caramel Apple Fiasco

Celebrating Holidays All Year Long

My friend and I were shopping around town trying to find some fun holiday foods; Christmas cakes, pastry, candy, you know the usual calorie stackers. Suddenly, I had a moment of sheer virtue and decided not to overdo it this season. Of course the season is not nearly over yet, so we’ll see what comes. As I was applying myself to this new found discipline, … Continue reading Celebrating Holidays All Year Long

Desserts of the New York Times

In the New York Times Cook Book (Revised Edition) first published in 1961 you will find a collection of recipes that span generations. This is a recipe for Gingered Figs, originally from that book and also revised to span more generations in my family. I will be honest with you. I am not a huge fan of figs, figgy pudding, or any other fig combinations, … Continue reading Desserts of the New York Times

Salad -The Healthy Camouflage

My co-worker and I went out after work the other night and were very hungry. We decided to stop at IHOP. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner, all on one menu, what’s not to like? I wanted something “healthy” and tasty but more on the tasty side, sort of cheeseburger and fries tasty. After searching around I noticed this great looking Cobb Salad which contained the typical … Continue reading Salad -The Healthy Camouflage

Holiday Times – Making the most of them

I have adjusted to the idea of the holiday season arriving again, so soon. I do not want to take for granted the opportunity to celebrate. No one can tell what lies ahead, so I am going to spend as much time as I can enjoying the occasion. I have begun the holiday food shopping which happens in stages over the coming week. The small … Continue reading Holiday Times – Making the most of them